Festival Fever: Green River Festival, 7/16-17/11

Over in Greenfield, Mass., the Green River Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer, and the fab folks who run the fest have put together an extra special line-up of bands. The fest takes place on the campus of Greenfield Community College on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17.

The fest boasts delicious local food, crafts from a wide range of artists and craftspeople, a dance tent, the River Meltdown tent, balloon illuminations and hot air balloon launches. Oh yeah, and music – lots of music on multiple stages.

Here’s the line-up of musical talent:


Toots and the Maytals
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears
Old 97’s
Kermit Ruffins & the Barbeque Swingers
Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys
Locos Por Juana
Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Sun Parade
Miss Tess & the Bon Ton Parade (featuring Sweet & Lowdown)
School for the Dead
Seth Glier
Boxcar Lillies
Heather Maloney
Lux Deluxe
Cat and a Bird
Maria Sangiolo
DJ Bongohead


Emmylou Harris
Wanda Jackson
JJ Grey & Mofro
Eilen Jewell
Pine Leaf Boys
Grupo Fantasma
Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited
Patty Larkin
Two Man Gentleman Band
Locos Por Juana
Sacred Shakers
DJ Bongohead

Here’s the ticket info:
Tix bought by Sunday, April 17: $55 for the weekend; $40 per day
Tix bought by Friday, July 15: $65 for the weekend; $45 per day
Tix bought at the gate: $55 per day (no weekend tix will be sold at the gate)
Children 12 and under are free

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Rhythm On the Ridge @ Maple Ski Ridge, Rotterdam, June 11
Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 24-26
Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 24-26
Freihofer’s Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 25-26
The WGNA CountryFest @ the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, July 9
The Big Up @ Sunnyview Farm, Ghent, July 28-30
Bluestock Music Festival @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, August 26-28

  1. Fred says

    This may be the best summer music lineup within driving distance in a decade.

  2. J Hunter says

    No question. I’m thinking “Nippertown Party Bus”!

  3. Rudy says

    I 2nd that J . Let’s do it.

  4. Dan Hogan says

    This looks like a great show. And I think I’m going to go for at least one day, but which?

  5. LP says

    I’m thinkin’ the Nippertown Party Bus is a great idea…….I vote for Saturday.

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